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New Epping Animal Welfare Facility (EAWF)!

We are very delighted to announce that RSPCA Victoria have been awarded the contract to manage and operate a new regional facility located at 20 Companion Place in Epping.

The site will officially be named the Epping Animal Welfare Facility (EAWF), and is a partnership between the cities of Whittlesea, Darebin and Moreland. The EAWF will cater for the holding, accommodation and treatment of domestic animals and livestock from these 3 municipalities.

The facility is expected to open on 16 October 2017 and will require as many as 300 volunteers to support the estimated 6,000 dogs and cats to be housed in the first year of operations.

We are calling out to all volunteers who live in the area close to the new site. If you would like to volunteer at the new Epping Animal Welfare Facility, please see the information below.

For those visiting when the site opens, search for 20 Pound Road, Epping on your GPS.

REQUIREMENTS to volunteer

Requirements vary per volunteer role, however generally volunteers must be:

  • A minimum of 15 years of age
  • Able to commit to volunteering for a MINIMUM of six months
  • Able to commit to a regular weekly or fortnightly shift of four hours or more
  • For animal care roles it is essential to have experience with caring for family pets, or in an animal related area
  • Professional experience and/or qualifications are not required, however they are beneficial for some roles

TIME commitments

RELIABILITY and COMMITMENT are important! 

Animal care roles

These roles work on a structured set roster to ensure we have adequate resources to meet the needs of the animals in our care each day.  Volunteer shifts in these areas are:

  • One weekly or fortnightly FOUR hour shift, morning or afternoon, weekday or weekend
  • Mostly 8 am to 12 pm OR 12 pm to 4pm
  • Minimum of six months

Non animal care roles

Commitment requirements for non-animal care roles vary per role, and are outlined in the details specific to that role.  

Types of volunteer ROLES

Below is an indication of some of the types of volunteer roles which can be available at Epping. 

Animal Care roles

  • Animal Attendant - Cleaning, feeding and caring for dogs, cats, small and large livestock animals, and a range of animals in our various animal care areas
  • Clinic Admin Assistant (limited availability) - working in our busy vet clinic, providing critical support to our vet nurse team including administration, database entry
  • Adoption Assistant (limited availability) – assisting the Adoptions team with customer enquiries, the adoption process and completion of appropriate forms, walking adoption animals, cleaning and feeding, enrichment and other activities required by the Adoptions team

  • Volunteer Support (limited availability and interview required) - assisting with various administrative and office tasks to support the volunteers, including email enquiries, roster management and maintaining database records
  • Animal Transport Driver - Driving an RSPCA vehicle animals, supplies and equipment between locations, including assisting with the cleaning and disinfecting of the vehicle after use

Non Animal Care roles

  • Laundry / Storeroom Assistant - laundering soiled bedding for reuse, involves washing, drying, sorting, folding and distributing donated goods for our animals such as blankets, towels and sheets

PLEASE NOTE - we DO NOT offer short-term, high school community service roles, student work experience/work placement, or one-off volunteering opportunities for individuals or groups at RSPCA.

To explore the roles we are currently recruiting for at various sites, view the volunteering opportunities page.

HOW to apply?

ANIMAL CARE volunteer roles:
  1. The first step is to attend a Volunteer Information Session - this is compulsory in order to be eligible to apply (check the upcoming dates under the information panel on the right of this page). You will need to REGISTER YOURSELF when bookings open two weeks prior to the session date.
  2. APPLY to volunteer AFTER attending an information session. Details on how to apply will be provided at the information session. Applications will need to be submitted by a specified date (usually by one week after the information session).
  3. If your application is successful, you will be invited to ATTEND a compulsory ORIENTATION Session. 

NON ANIMAL CARE roles
Refer to the specific details for that role (processes vary across roles).



    
Information
Epping Volunteer Information Session

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Attendance at an Information Session is COMPULSORY to be eligible to apply for animal care volunteer roles.

To attend each individual MUST BOOK in (no walk-ins, and no groups or family under one name).

Please note the following:

  • Places are limited and fill fast.
  • If you are trying to book in and can't find the session date via the link, this means the session is FULL.
  • We do not have a wait list.
  • We are not able to squeeze people in.
  • If you are not able to attend this time, take note of future dates.

FUTURE Epping Volunteer Information Sessions

The next session will be held on:

  • Tuesday 26 September 2017, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 10 October 2017, 9:30am - 10:30am
  • Saturday 28 October 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Saturday 28 October 2017, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Bookings for the next session will open two weeks prior to the date.

You will need to register yourself when bookings open again.

Work experience at Epping

Unfortunately we are not currently operating a work experience program at Epping, as we are unable to support work experience or work placement opportunities. 

For opportunities to actively learn about animal care and welfare, we would recommend students consider the following:

More information
Our Education & Learning team offers a wide range of learning experiences through various curriculum targeted programs.



 
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